Blogs from Puno, Puno, Peru, South America - page 6


South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 14th 2010

Thursday, August 12th: We woke up in plenty of time to pack up and check out of Hotel Don Julio. The hotel had a taxi come to pick us up and take us to the bus terminal for our trip to Cusco on the Inka Express. Although the terminal wasn't far, it was still amazing that the taxi took us and our baggage to the terminal at 6:30am for 3 Soles or $1.25 US! When we arrived at the bus terminal, we paid our 1 sole each travel or transport fee, then found out which ramp our bus would be leaving from. While we waited for the bus at 7:30am, I bought a couple of coffees with cream. The menu said coffee was 1.50 Soles each, but I had to pay 3.50 Soles each to get ... read more
Puno Bus Terminal
Pukara Museum Courtyard
Church in Pukara

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno August 11th 2010

Puno Day 1 Monday, August 9 ***I'm posting this one a bit late, since the hotel WiFi was down. August 10th is in the works. Here we were, content with our trip so far on Cruz Del Sur, and trouble raised its ugly head. Although the bus only left Lima 5 minutes late, we had so many stops and detours on our way to Arequipa that we ended up getting there an hour and a half late, at 8:35am today. Unfortunately (stating it mildly) the connecting bus to Puno left at 8:30am as scheduled, even though our bus stewardess had radioed them that we were running late. Five minutes! We got our refund for the Cruz Del Sur trip to Puno and my wife quickly located another bus line with a bus for Puno leaving at ... read more
Arequipe Bus Terminal
Lake Titicaca
Hotel Don Julio

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno July 30th 2010

Am Nachmittag (25.07.) fuhren wir zu den Grabtuermer Sillustani . Diese Gegend ist wunderschoen. Das Colla-Volk begrub Ihre Leute in so kleinen Tuermen. Wenn jemand gestorben ist, liess man ihn 7 Tage liegen, damit seine Familienangehoerigen und Freunde Zeit hatten anzureisen und sich von ihm zu verabschieden, ebenfalls brachten Sie ihm Geschenke mit, z. B. Schmuck, Waffen, Essen etc. den die Collas glaubten wie die Inkas an einem weiteren leben nach dem Tod. Die Inkas uebernahmen das Turmsystem und bauten groessere und schoenere Tuerme, natuerlich auch fuer wichtige Personen. Das leben ist wie auf 3 Ebenen aufgeteilt. Die 1. Ebene war das Leben auf der Erde, nach dem Tod stieg man dann in der 2. Ebenen auf etc. Jedenfalls wurde nach 7 Tage die Leiche mumifiziert, d.h. ihr wurden die Eingeweiden herausgenommen und das Hirn und ... read more
Sillustani (Lake Titicacasee)

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno July 9th 2010

Unless you are looking for a Disney-ish experience, Puno is more or less a place to skip or to pass through quickly. Avenida Lima, the main street, is limited to walking, (thankfully, so at least your chances of your legs being broken are less than in Arequipa) but the unintended consequence is a plethora of touts, tours, and rip-off restaurants. To avoid dealing with this nightmare of a boardwalk, go directly to the port early in the morning if you want to see Las Islas Flotantes. The islands have been on the lake since locals sought to escape the Incas and are made out of a cork-like substance and reeds. Admittedly, they are pretty amazing, but they are impossible to enjoy for what they are. A three hour tour is more than enough; in fact, some ... read more
Reed Houses
Reed Boat
Reed Boat 2

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno July 2nd 2010

Friday 2.7.2010 day 261 Buss from Cuzco to Puno on Lake Titicaca We got up at 7am and had breakfast stored our bags and checked out then got the taxi to the bus station and got on the bus from Cuzco to Puno on Lake Titicaca. We were supposed to have a first class bus but the travel agent downgraded us to a local buss which meant it was not a comfy and it stopped lots but it was ok it but we had sales people on the buss trying to sell us stuff. The people selling food were good as it was very cheap and yummy. The landscape was very nice. When we got to Puno we looked for out free hotel pick up but could not find them so we got a taxi that ... read more
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South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 29th 2010

We began our journey back from Chile with a collectivo to Tacna, Peru. The driver was so funny, once he found out we spoke English he asked us to translate a lot of useful sayings (ie. going to Arica? Have a safe trip!) and then he had me write them all on a piece of paper for future reference. Some people here go crazy when they get to meet Americans first hand. The ride back to Arequipa though was much less enjoyable. The bus company that we had taken to Tacna wasn´t going back to Arequipa for 2 weeks (I have no idea why!) so we booked tickets with Flores, a bus company we had found online. Bigggggg mistake! They promised us that it was an express bus with no stops but we stopped constantly. Turns ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 27th 2010

So I finally got out of Cuzco, much to my own relief, it is a neat town but I think I was there far too long. There were things to see and do there, but it was too expensive and touristy (and i dont mean the other tourists, i mean the products of so much tourists: shoe shine boys, drug sellers, clothing sellers, honking taxis whenever you go for a walk, etc.) My experience wasnt really helped by staying in the shittiest hostel in the world (though cheap). My favourite memory will be from returning for Machu Picchu when we stopped for lunch and the bus driver didnt have enough money to pay for his meal so we werent allowed to leave until the restaurant owner was satisfied with the promise of repayment next time the ... read more
Looking at Puno
Blue Building

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 25th 2010

I posted some pictures from previous entries. Not too many though because it takes each one like 5 minutes to upload!... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 13th 2010

So from Lima stopping on the plane at Cusco briefly then to Juliaca and a bus to Puno, the city on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, one of the highest navigable lakes in the world and the largest in South America (don't you know, pub quiz gem that!). I got here by plane thanks to the amazing generosity of my uncle. And what a great idea. I've got to say I still don't think I was ready for the whole solo travelling thing if he hadn't set this all up so it's been a good transition. Plus I'm feeling pretty shattered from the altitude so good to have somewhere safe and comfy to rest with a restaurant attached. Puno is completely different to the Lima I know and stay in. A city of incomplete houses ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Puno June 10th 2010

Last night I fell asleep around 8pm. I was trying to stay awake and read the last 2 pages of my chapter but my eyes kept closing and I kept reading the same sentence over and over... off to bed it was. I woke up almost 11 hours later and we took a 7am taxi to the bus station. From there we caught an 8:30 bus to Puno on the busline 'Julsa' for only S20 (about $7) compared to Cruz del Sur company for S54 (about $35). A woman came onto our bus right before we left and showed us a hotel in Puno that was only S40 (about $14) for twin beds, private bathroom with "hot" water (which we have yet to discover), cable TV, free internet, and free breakfast. She also said someone would ... read more

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